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August 26, 2016

Orphan Sunday: 5 Ways You Can Make a Difference

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November 13, 2016. Christians around the world will observe Orphan Sunday and will stand in solidarity for the vulnerable. Many churches will highlight James 1:27 and renew their commitment to visit orphans in their affliction. Whether you are a church member or a member of church staff, you have an opportunity to join believers in standing for the orphan on this important day. Here are 5 ways you can get involved: 1. PRAY. Ask God to direct your church leadership as they decide how to care for vulnerable children and families. Pray for Christians to reflect God’s love at home and abroad. Pray for the needs of the fatherless. 2. PLAN. November will be here before we know it. We’ve got resources to help you communicate with church leadership, and we can wholehearted recommend the tools offered by Christian Alliance for Orphans as well. Regardless of what you choose to do, start planning now so November … Continue reading

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August 26, 2016

Adoption: A Game of Perseverance

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In 2001, two 21-year-old missionaries took turns holding a precious little girl who had been orphaned as a result of an epidemic in Kenya. Although we could not physically take this little lady home with us, what we took home spiritually was more significant. Simultaneously birthed within both our hearts was the dream of adoption. At age 25, we were married at last, and when it came time to pursue children of our own, adoption was most certainly an option. In the spring of 2013, we officially began the long, unromantic, flat-out hard work of becoming parents by adoption. When our case worker first met with us, she questioned where we were going to get the finances needed to adopt. Without flinching, we told her that was not a concern. God had called us to adopt, and He would finance it. We immediately sent out our grant and fundraiser applications. … Continue reading

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August 24, 2016

How to Handle the Grief You Feel for Your Child

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You’ve probably been down this road before: Your child suffers from extreme depression, hurts others, or makes decisions that are against everything your family holds true. It causes unimaginable grief. How do you handle the extreme emotions you feel, while making sure your children are taken care of? I stand in my kitchen, early on a Monday morning, coffee in hand, feeling sad. It’s been a tough 8 months. We thought bringing our son home from residential treatment would be a good thing. It’s been an uphill climb ever since. But not just between us and him. Our other children have gone through secondary trauma. Our younger children are on edge all the time, and another child deals with major depression. So I stand in my kitchen, as morning dawns, and grieve. I grieve my son’s behavior. I grieve his birth mother’s choice to use drugs and drink throughout her pregnancy … Continue reading

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August 22, 2016

Standing in the Sun: Bright Futures in Zambia

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Choosing career, getting married, having children… From the time you were knee-high, you were likely asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and you had the luxury of changing your answers as often as you changed your clothes. Getting an education wasn’t an “if,” but a “when,” and staying healthy was generally as simple as making a quick trip to the doctor or pharmacy. Not so for children in Zambia. Though blessed with resilience and determination, children in poverty-stricken communities like Kitwe are often left to fend for themselves, eventually dropping out of school and seeking acceptance wherever it can be found. Without access to vocational training or health care, many of these children have little hope to break the poverty cycle or enjoy the privilege of planning a bright future. Your prayerful support provides education, housing, and healthcare for children in Zambia. Lifesong School continues to thrive as one of the best schools in … Continue reading

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August 19, 2016

It’s All In the Timing | Family Friday

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Six years ago we felt God leading us to add to our family through adoption. We have been blessed in the area of family, and we wanted to share God’s blessings with someone else. Eventually, we landed on adopting a child from China. We began the process at that time, but we kept hitting a wall, especially in the area of our finances. We finally decided to put the process on hold. About four years and one more biological child later, we felt it was time to begin the process again. This time, the process flowed smoothly. Each time a financial deadline came, God provided. Sometimes he provided through money that we had saved, and sometimes he provided through others. Lifesong was one of those times when He provided in a huge way through others. We received a matching grant from Lifesong right before many of the big payments through … Continue reading

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August 17, 2016

3 Things to Consider: Answering Questions about Our Kids

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Insensitive comments from people who are unfamiliar with children from hard places are nothing new in the adoption community. Following up on last week’s gentle plea for tact, here are 3 things to consider when talking about the children in our care: Whether or not we are speaking to our children, we are speaking to our children. Our kids hear what we say to other people about them, and our answers often have a greater capacity for harm or good than the questions posed by strangers. When the tactless shopper in the grocery store asks about the way our child walks or talks, answer the stranger believing the child is listening and understanding every word. Specifically, questions that begin with, “What is wrong with …” can easily be answered with “Nothing. (S)he is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).” Just because the personal question is asked doesn’t mean we need to respond with personal information. When someone inquires about … Continue reading

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August 15, 2016

Meet David | Cambodia

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Your prayerful support helps take the hope of the gospel to children in need. Meet one of those children. David is the son of migrant construction workers from Myanmar. He has been a part of Pastor Vino’s church and learning center for the past year. In addition to growing physically and mentally through the education and nutrition initiatives at the church, David is quickly developing into a strong leader. Slow to speak but quick to pray, David leads by example through exhibiting gentleness and kindness with the other children. He loves times of worship in the church and leads his family in worship each night at their camp on the construction site. Recently, David shared a testimony of answered prayer. After missing the daily truck that came to pick up him and other children from their camp at the construction site, David decided to walk the 4 kilometers (approximately 2.5 miles) to … Continue reading

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